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#DontCapMyCare Days of Action June 15 & June 22

Tuesday, June 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Physician voices are desperately needed to help preserve Medicaid for the children of Wisconsin and across the country. The AAP is organizing national Days of Action:  

 

Thursday, June 15 and Thursday, June 22

 

On those days we are looking to flood the phone lines of our Wisconsin Senators:

 

Senator Tammy BaldwinWashington Office - 202.224.5653

 

  • Eau Claire - 715.832.8424
  • Green Bay - 920.498.2668
  • La Crosse - 608.796.0045
  • Madison Office - 608.264.5338
  • Milwaukee Office - 414.297.4451
  • Wausau Office - 715.261.2611

 

Senator Ron Johnson, Washington Office - 202.224.5323

 

  • Milwaukee Office - 414.276.7282
  • Oshkosh Office  920.230.7250

                  

On these two Days of Action, June 15th and then again on June 22nd, please pick up the phone and call your two U.S. senators to urge them to protect Medicaid from cuts or caps in any bill they consider. Here’s how:

 

Start with their DC office and if you can’t get through, try the district office closest to where you live. Say the following when you call:

 

  • Hello. I am pediatrician from Wisconsin and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am calling today to urge Senator Johnson/Baldwin to oppose any funding cuts or caps to Medicaid in your health care bill.

 

  • Medicaid covers children from low-income families and children with special health care needs. It’s a lifeline program for 492,000 children in our state. 

 

  • I am deeply concerned with any proposal to cut or cap federal funding for Medicaid in any way. Doing so would shift costs to states, likely leading to enrollment and benefit cuts, and leaving children worse off. 

 

  • Insert brief anecdote if you have one of a patient on Medicaid who would be impacted.

 

  • Through Medicaid, children are guaranteed benefits that cover a comprehensive array of medically necessary services, including developmental, vision and hearing screenings. Pediatricians recommend these services because they help diagnose, treat and prevent complex conditions right away, saving money and lives. Capping Medicaid funding means these services could be rolled back or eliminated altogether.
     
  • In addition, Medicaid expansion allowed many previously uninsured parents to gain coverage, making them better able to care for their children. Any efforts to cap Medicaid funding or phase out Medicaid expansion would be devastating to children and their families.  

 

  • Please protect children’s health care coverage and oppose any funding cuts or caps to Medicaid in any health care bill you consider.

 

  • Thank you for all you do for children.

What more can you do?

 

Invite your friends and colleagues


Email your friends and colleagues and ask them to call our Senators on the Days of Action, sharing the above tips.


Speak out on social media


Every day the next two weeks, but especially on Days of Action (June 15th & June 22nd), consider sharing messages on social media to urge the Senate to keep Medicaid strong. Below are some sample messages and ways to look up your Senators on Twitter to mention them specifically. 


The main hashtag AAP and our partners are using for this effort is #DontCapMyCare, and #KeepKidsCovered is another hashtag to incorporate into messages.


Sample Messages:

 

@SenatorBaldwin : Medicaid gives WI kids a better chance for a healthy future. #DontCapMyCare


@SenRonJohnson : I’m a pediatrician & my patients have one message: #DontCapMyCare. Keep Medicaid strong and #KeepKidsCovered!


Medicaid matters for children. @SenRonJohnson #DontCapMyCare. Protect Medicaid in your health care bill.


You can also retweet the #KeepKidsCovered test:


@SenatorBaldwin Does the healthcare bill pass the #KeepKidsCovered Test? https://twitter.com/AmerAcadPeds/status/874280467914264576


@SenRonJohnson I am a pediatrician in WI. Does the health care bill pass the #KeepKidsCovered Test? https://twitter.com/AmerAcadPeds/status/874280467914264576


Write a Letter to the Editor or an OpEd for your local paper


Using the Senate talking points as a guide, consider writing a personal story about how capping Medicaid funding would impact your patients by writing a blog or op-ed in a local or national media outlet. Aim to publish the piece by June 22nd. Below are recent op-eds written by pediatricians as well as fact sheets and a new report on how Medicaid improves coverage for children in rural communities. Please email kids1st@aap.org with any op-ed you write for help editing and pitching the piece. 


Additional Resources:

 

Data 

  • State fact sheets summarizing children’s coverage with state-specific data
  • Rural health report from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institutute Center for Children and Families highlighting the importance of Medicaid in covering children in rural communities

 

Media Coverage

  • Recently published pediatrician op-eds:
  • An op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail by John R. Phillips, MD, FAAP: Saving Medicaid means saving WV kids’ lives
  • An op-ed in the Dallas Morning News by Valerie Borum Smith, MD, FAAP: Cuts to Medicaid would badly damage care in rural Texas
  • An op-ed on Madison.com by Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, FAAP: Dipesh Navsaria: Privately insured? What happens to Medicaid affects you too
  • An article in USA Today outlining the impacts of the bill on child health